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Elsa Martinelli

30 January 1935 to 8 July 2017

An Italian actress who began her career as a model, Martinelli got her Hollywood break after being spotted by Kirk Douglas’ wife, Anne Buydens, and was cast in The Indian Fighter (1955). She was best known for her role opposite John Wayne as a wildlife photographer in Howard Hawks’ Hatari! (1962).

Read Elsa Martinelli's Guardian obituary here.